Sep 4, 2007 11:36am
Re: Everyone agrees that LiveDead is the best Dead album.
Anthem is their Sgt. Pepper's, as one grease monkey once said to me way back when.
Ironically - given the split decision of this thread more or less, mainly between Live Dead and Anthem, with several close-up contenders to be sure -
Anthem and Live Dead were my first and only Grateful Dead albums during the sunny spring, summer and fall of 1970 as I began enjoying evenings with the Grateful Dead and friends at the Carousel Ballroom.
I can't think of too many other Dead albums that are just one long non-stop groove.
Maybe Europe '72, except I couldn't find the groove to kick back with, too bad I couldn't just settle into it.
Workingman's and Beauty were record records... a series of individual tracks; tho Workingman's was nearly perfect as such things go - hearing that really made us want to see the band in a live setting to hear them do the material even better.
With Live Dead and Anthem, one hoped they would play those numbers as good as they did on the records -
Both lps represent their playing at it's best.
Often as not, their other ones, even the live albums such as Steal Your Face and Europe '72 are not their best playing of the tours they represent.
The best of the studio lps, classics such as Mars Hotel, Blues For Allah, Aoxomoxoa, Terrapin Station, Wake of the Flood and Beauty -
I feel they eventually became dated in light of how much better they would improve upon the initial laying down of the tracks,
though it was lots of fun to play them back when relatively few decent live tapes and vintage shows on MGM subsidiary labels or lo-fi bootlegs were being circulated.
I got all the way to Mexico with an 8-track of Mars Hotel jerking it's way from mid-song to mid-song,
and no one in the death car (the recalled Corvair) complained, I don't know - maybe it was the Begonias!
Thus, their best single just may well be a criss-crossing of the two high watermark lps - Live/Anthem:
Dark Star/Born Cross-Eyed
(with Golden Road/Cream Puff War a very close 2nd imho)
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